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star
03-15-2004, 04:28 AM
Just 'cause I could. :)

It came to me in a vision. :)

Deboogle!.
03-15-2004, 04:31 AM
LMGDFAO

I was going to say... what possible info on it could you have already

star=:devil:

Oh, and what's he mashing exactly? LOL :scratch:

There must be some alliteration with Biscaine... beating the competition in Biscaine? no that's too boring.

tangerine_dream
03-15-2004, 04:41 AM
You couldn't wait until the body was cold, could you?

Deboogle!.
03-15-2004, 04:44 AM
She just wanted to beat me :p

star
03-15-2004, 04:58 AM
:)

Deboogle!.
03-15-2004, 05:01 AM
hmm how about... Locking up the Competition on Key Biscaine?

or something punning on Nasdaq? ;)

star
03-15-2004, 05:02 AM
LMGDFAO

I was going to say... what possible info on it could you have already

star=:devil:

Oh, and what's he mashing exactly? LOL :scratch:

There must be some alliteration with Biscaine... beating the competition in Biscaine? no that's too boring.


It's also tooooooooo long.

I like short pithy titles.

The problem is that it isn't Biscaine, it's Key Biscaine. That's already too long. But the players refer to it now as Miami as do most folks. They used to always say "the Lipton" But I don't think anyone has ever refered to it as Key Biscaine.

See you could say Bashin' by the Bay.

Or Bangin' in Biscaine

But the whole Biscaine things doesn't work for me because... well, it's KEY Biscaine.

tangerine_dream
03-15-2004, 05:04 AM
Crashing out in Nasdaq :eek: :scared:

Beating off in Biscaine :eek: :bolt:

Mashin' Marat in Miami :yeah: !! :banana:

Deboogle!.
03-15-2004, 05:05 AM
LOL it's not that long to add the Key in there ;)

If I were from Key Biscaine, I'd not want to be associated with Miami, but hey that's just me :tape:

star
03-15-2004, 05:16 AM
Well, I'm not from Key Biscaine. :)

And nobody.... I mean NOBODY refers to this tournament as Key Biscaine. Even on the ITF site it's called Miami.

And Mashin' could be mashin' anything. Mashin' the ball, Mashin' opponents, mashin' on the dance floor (woohoo Miami) or Mashin' Mandy back at the hotel... or knowing Andy now, Mashin' her in public. :)

Deboogle!.
03-15-2004, 05:17 AM
or Mashin' Mandy back at the hotel... or knowing Andy now, Mashin' her in public. :)

LMAO!!!!!!!!

well I guess good thing for her that she's in NYC making a movie ;)

star
03-15-2004, 05:20 AM
There are days off and airplanes. :)

star
03-15-2004, 05:21 AM
:wavey: nighty night everyone. My book is calling.

J. Corwin
03-15-2004, 08:56 AM
And star had the idea for "Mashin' in Melbourne" for AO. She just loves mashin' ;)

Deboogle!.
03-15-2004, 01:38 PM
I keep thinking of potatoes! LOL

Havok
03-15-2004, 04:52 PM
I keep thinking of potatoes! LOL me too:scared:

MisterQ
03-15-2004, 05:11 PM
I keep thinking of potatoes! LOL

I picture Andy jumping around in a vat of grapes.

Star can drink the vintage results. ;) :drink:

Deboogle!.
03-15-2004, 05:40 PM
LMGDFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Q. :worship:

J. Corwin
03-15-2004, 05:43 PM
lmao

star
03-17-2004, 03:15 AM
I picture Andy jumping around in a vat of grapes.

Star can drink the vintage results. ;) :drink:

I'm not drinking anything that's been beween Andy's toes!!

Small minded ones that think only of potatoes. ;)

tangerine_dream
03-17-2004, 04:04 AM
Waiter! There's toe cheese in my vintage! http://www.inquisition.nu/forums/images/smilies/puke.gif

star
03-17-2004, 04:06 AM
:lol:

Deboogle!.
03-17-2004, 02:23 PM
OMG DIESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

J. Corwin
03-18-2004, 12:00 AM
lol

tangerine_dream
03-18-2004, 06:57 PM
don't mind me, I'm just bumping up some threads....

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/images/smilies/bump.gif

Deboogle!.
03-18-2004, 06:58 PM
LMFAO bumping threads or having fun using cool icons ;)

Deboogle!.
03-19-2004, 12:26 AM
I just looked at ESPN's coverage of the Nasdaq.... it really sucks! It's mostly taped :(

star
03-19-2004, 12:43 AM
really? that's surprising.

Deboogle!.
03-19-2004, 12:51 AM
yea I know! it's odd! Here are the listings:
--------

ESPN

03-28-2004 02:00 pm 04:00 pm NASDAQ 100 OPEN EARLY ROUND COVERAGE DAY #1
at KEY BISCAYNE, FL, USA *taped*

03-29-2004 01:00 pm 05:00 pm NASDAQ 100 OPEN EARLY ROUND COVERAGE DAY #2
at KEY BISCAYNE, FL, USA *live*

03-30-2004 01:00 pm 05:00 pm NASDAQ 100 OPEN WOMEN'S QUARTERFINAL MATCH
at KEY BISCAYNE, FL, USA *live*

03-31-2004 01:00 pm 05:00 pm NASDAQ 100 OPEN MEN'S & WOMEN'S QUARTERFINALS
at KEY BISCAYNE, FL, USA *live*

04-01-2004 01:00 pm 05:00 pm NASDAQ 100 OPEN WOMEN'S SEMIFINAL #1 & MEN'S QTRFINAL
at KEY BISCAYNE, FL, USA *live*

----

ESPN2

03-29-2004 09:30 pm 11:30 pm NASDAQ 100 OPEN EARLY ROUND COVERAGE DAY #2
at KEY BISCAYNE, FL, USA *taped*

03-31-2004 12:30 am 02:30 am NASDAQ 100 OPEN EARLY ROUND COVERAGE DAY #3
at KEY BISCAYNE, FL, USA *taped*

04-01-2004 12:30 am 02:30 am NASDAQ 100 OPEN MEN'S QUARTERFINAL
at KEY BISCAYNE, FL, USA *taped*

04-01-2004 11:00 pm 01:00 am NASDAQ 100 OPEN WOMEN'S SEMIFINAL MATCH #2
at KEY BISCAYNE, FL, USA *taped*

04-02-2004 01:00 pm 03:00 pm NASDAQ 100 OPEN MEN'S SEMIFINAL MATCH #1
at INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CENTER KEY BISCAYNE, FL USA *live*

04-02-2004 07:00 pm 09:00 pm NASDAQ 100 OPEN MEN'S SEMIFINAL MATCH #2
at KEY BISCAYNE, FL, USA *live*
----

and the finals are both on CBS. live.

J. Corwin
03-19-2004, 08:02 AM
Usually the Miami coverage is the best after the slams. Wow, this is very weird and unfortunate for us tennis junkies.

Deboogle!.
03-19-2004, 01:17 PM
Hm I didn't know that! That makes it even more odd! lol

J. Corwin
03-20-2004, 07:35 AM
It's TTC slowing taking over....and those of us without it are feeling the effects even more than those who have. :p

Mr. Man
03-20-2004, 07:47 PM
LMAO at the title. Fearless Duckman!

MisterQ
03-20-2004, 08:04 PM
:haha:

*Q quacks with delight*

Deboogle!.
03-20-2004, 08:53 PM
OMG STAR!!!!!! :worship:

star
03-21-2004, 01:06 AM
Maybe it should be the Nasduck - 150

:)

J. Corwin
03-21-2004, 01:30 AM
much better title

It's the Duck's tournament. ;)

star
03-21-2004, 01:40 AM
I thought about... Nasduq

But I decided to be blatant. ;)

Deboogle!.
03-21-2004, 01:48 AM
Maybe it should be the Nasduck - 150

:)

omgggggggggg you have seriously outdone yourself!!!!

Havok
03-21-2004, 03:32 AM
DIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:haha::haha::haha::h aha:

MisterQ
03-21-2004, 03:44 AM
I thought about... Nasduq

But I decided to be blatant. ;)

:haha: I like that. But I agree, blatant is better.

Deboogle!.
03-21-2004, 01:51 PM
Here's an article from the Miami Herald, not really about this tourney but I LOVE IT, so let's talk about it. I don't know when the quotes from Andy occurred - maybe he did a press conference there already? (seems doubtful though) They're just not quotes I've read anywhere else, whereas the quote from Marat is from one of his IW press conferences, etc. So I'm not sure lol.
....................

EVERYBODY'S ALL-AMERICAN

Andy Roddick's genuine swagger and burgeoning talent are pushing him -- and men's tennis -- back into the foreground.

BY LINDA ROBERTSON

lrobertson@herald.com


Andy Roddick, long projected as the next great American tennis star, isn't quite there yet, and he admits it.

He's still learning from the man he is supposed to supplant, Andre Agassi.

If a cookout can be a metaphor, then a meal last week in Palm Springs, Calif., illustrates the dynamics of this ongoing succession. Agassi bragged about his superior grill skills and invited Roddick over to the back yard of his rented townhouse.

''He was talking a lot about how good it would be, and I was skeptical,'' Roddick said. ``But I have to say, the food was awesome. I cut his steak with a butter knife.''

Roddick, 21, is hungry for more. Hungry for another Grand Slam title, for a return to No. 1, for the refinement of his game. And for more wisdom from Agassi.

Roddick and Agassi lead a parade of intriguing players into the NASDAQ-100 Open that begins Wednesday in Key Biscayne. They are part of the reason the pendulum is swinging from women's tennis back to the men's game.

The women are limping -- five of the top 12 ranked players did not compete in the ongoing Pacific Life Open. And no one is sure what to expect from Serena Williams after her eight-month layoff.

But the men's game is undergoing a revival. Emerging rivalries, personalities and styles have made it fun to watch again. Roger Federer makes you marvel. Agassi makes you cheer. Marat Safin makes you scratch your head.

Roddick makes you sit up and pay attention. He has provided the biggest jolt of energy since winning the U.S. Open and vaulting to No. 1 last year. He speaks in ball-machine bursts. He serves 150 mph aces. He's willing to roam from the baseline. He's handsome, funny and brash. And he's American. He's John McEnroe without the annoyance factor. He's Pete Sampras with panache.

All the comparisons and predictions amuse Roddick, who now splits his time between Boca Raton and Austin, Texas.

''The thing about tennis is that no one cares about what you did yesterday or last summer,'' he said. ``You're constantly searching every day. That's what makes it enjoyable. Plus I hate losing.''

Roddick would also like to debunk the perception that he's a cocky smart-aleck. He can be volatile -- two tournaments ago he argued with an umpire and broke a racket in Scottsdale, Ariz. But he has seized control of his temper since Brad Gilbert became his coach in June. Gilbert showed him how his fits of frustration were counterproductive, and, as he did for Agassi, Gilbert has taught Roddick how to banish mistakes and move forward in a match.

Roddick's swagger is really more of a wide-eyed love for tennis.

''I'm very confident in my abilities, but I'm still nervous before matches,'' he said. ``I don't think of myself as this world-beater. I still have a long way to go. The way I am, it's more a kind of excitement. Putting on an attitude -- that's too much work.''

Those who know him concur.

''In 15 years of representing tennis players, he's the best kid I've ever worked with,'' said Miami-based agent Ken Meyerson. ``Is he fiercely competitive? Absolutely. But he's also smart, articulate, humble and good-hearted.''

One example: Roddick is a stickler for writing thank-you notes.

His role model is Agassi. He admires Agassi's discipline at age 33 and his well-rounded life off the court as the husband of Steffi Graf, father of two and committed philanthropist.

''Andre is so cool. I look up to him for the way he handles his personal life and his charitable work,'' Roddick said. ``Three-and-a-half years ago when I was a practice partner, I asked him what his biggest regret was. I expected him to say that it was letting himself get out of shape and drop to 140 in the world. But he said it was not starting his foundation early enough. He felt he could have done more good.''

Roddick started a foundation four years ago, and its thrust is helping children.

''I try to be hands-on as much as possible,'' he said. ``When I go to Kids In Distress in Fort Lauderdale, it's great to be able to talk to the kids, and then give them a check for $200,000.''

SKIPPING SPOTLIGHT

As for the celebrity tag -- Roddick is not milking it. Yes, he was host of Saturday Night Live, but he's decided not to do a reality TV show because it would be too intrusive. Austin neighbor Lance Armstrong has asked him to come along on a bike ride, ''but I'm too scared he would leave me in the dust,'' Roddick said. And his relationship with pop singer Mandy Moore is rumored to be on the rocks.

''It's something I'm not too comfortable talking about and I'm not going to get into that,'' he said.

Right now, Roddick simply wants to get better. He slipped to No. 3 in the world after losing a five-setter to Safin at the Australian Open and is behind Switzerland's Federer and No. 2 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain. And now the NASDAQ will be his next chance to move up in the rankings after Friday's loss to Tim Henman at Indian Wells. But he's trying not to get preoccupied with rankings.

''I was not expecting to get to No. 1 last year,'' he said. ``Although it was definitely cool to get there for the first time, it's a lot of pressure to make that a goal. I just have to focus on results.''

Agassi says Roddick shouldn't think about getting back on top.

''You can't think about rankings. You can't think about off-court stuff. You can't think about certain players,'' Agassi said. ``You've got to just think about improving. I think he's done a great job at that. He's gotten a lot better.''

`METAMORPHOSIS'

Roddick has a 54-9 record with five titles since hiring Gilbert as his coach. He has added stability and variety to his game, which used to be high on self-destructiveness and low on tactics. He's coming in more often to capitalize on his feared serve. Meyerson calls it a ``metamorphosis.''

''On my serve, I'm working on pitching a good ball game, as Brad says -- giving my opponents different looks,'' Roddick said. ``I'm working on attacking the net more so I have that other option. I'm also trying to vary where I return from, to keep them guessing.

``There are 10 players who could legitimately finish in the top two or three. Federer is an artist. I'm a banger. Lleyton [Hewitt] is scrappy. Safin is unpredictable. Playing them helps me develop.''

Safin, who lost to Roddick 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 in the third round of the Pacific Life tournament, has seen Roddick blossom.

''You cannot beat him just playing the normal game,'' Safin said. ``You have to find a way to beat him. Go to the net, put pressure on his backhand. You have to risk, risk, risk.''

Federer is also complimentary of Roddick. Their rivalry has been hailed as the next great one in men's tennis, a la Sampras-Agassi or McEnroe-Bjorn Borg.

''We've always had good matches against each other,'' Federer said. ``It's good for tennis because everybody, especially in America, was waiting for the next superstar from America.''

Roddick is leading the resurgence of Americans since Sampras, Jim Courier and Michael Change retired. Last month, five U.S. players were ranked in the top 25 for the first time in almost seven years. They also happen to be Roddick's best friends.

''I've known these guys since I was 9 or 10 years old,'' he said. ``Robby Ginepri, Mardy Fish, James Blake, the Bryans [doubles brothers Bob and Mike] -- we kind of grew up together in tennis. Now we're hanging out on tour in the lounge or locker room. It's like our little gang.''

It's a measure of Roddick's popularity on the insular pro tour that he's even friends with Agassi, although Agassi insists he has no intention of passing the American men's tennis torch to Roddick or anybody else.

''Somebody comes and takes it when it's time,'' Agassi said.

For now, Roddick will humbly settle for Agassi's barbecue secrets.

''I'm telling you,'' Roddick said. ``That was the most awesome steak I've ever tasted.''

Herald correspondent Sandra Harwitt contributed to this report.

star
03-21-2004, 02:01 PM
Nice story.

Interesting comments about Mandy. ;)

Deboogle!.
03-21-2004, 02:02 PM
lol yea I caught that :p that's why I said I didn't know when the interview that produced his comments had taken place ;)

star
03-21-2004, 02:12 PM
Whenever it was, it doesn't sound good.

Even his AO interview was sketchy.

Deboogle!.
03-21-2004, 02:15 PM
what do you mean? Oh, you mean about Mandy? or something else? I think he's way sick of being asked about it, and unlike her, he can just say "I don't want to talk about it" - that doesn't really concern me one way or the other, on its own. Combined with all the rumors, who knows? I'm at the point now where as long as it is not affecting the way he plays I just want them to be happy :)

star
03-21-2004, 02:57 PM
well, she can say, "I don't want to talk about it." too. There's nothing stopping her.

MisterQ
03-21-2004, 03:43 PM
*Q patiently awaits an invitation to the Agassi BBQ*

tangerine_dream
03-21-2004, 03:47 PM
*patiently awaits Q to ask me to join him to the Agassi BBQ*

Deboogle!.
03-21-2004, 04:00 PM
well, she can say, "I don't want to talk about it." too. There's nothing stopping her.

Right, that's what I meant :)

Havok
03-21-2004, 04:54 PM
Andy and food :haha: he should just marry it already:D

Deboogle!.
03-21-2004, 05:14 PM
Andy and food :haha: he should just marry it already:D

LMGDAFO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! True enough!! lol

tangerine_dream
03-21-2004, 05:31 PM
Goddammit, I had written a nice long response to that terrific article and I hit the wrong key and lost it before I could post it. &^*%$# :fiery: :banghead: Now, I'm too annoyed and tired to bother writing it all up again. :ras:

Deboogle!.
03-21-2004, 05:58 PM
awwwwwwwwwwww :sad:

Havok
03-22-2004, 12:24 AM
Goddammit, I had written a nice long response to that terrific article and I hit the wrong key and lost it before I could post it. &^*%$# :fiery: :banghead: Now, I'm too annoyed and tired to bother writing it all up again. :ras:
:rocker2:

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 12:27 AM
lol Naldo

so the draw comes out tomorrow afternoon. Andy will be seeded #2 since JCF pulled out poor guy. He's had some really tough draws in the big tournaments so far, would be nice to see him get a bit of a break here lmao

tangerine_dream
03-22-2004, 12:30 AM
JCF is better off staying out of Miami. He is so fragile, I would rather he just gather his strength for the upcoming claycourt season.

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 12:38 AM
Ohhhhhh yea, totally. As soon as we heard he went back to Spain, you knew there was just no way he was gonna come back over here for Miami. Don't blame him in the least. He's gotta do well on clay so he has to be 100% fit for that!

J. Corwin
03-22-2004, 01:47 AM
Andre better share some of his BBQ secrets with me. ;)

Interesting comment regarding Mandy.

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 01:56 AM
OK so if Andy gets to the QF at Miami he will be #2. He got to the QF in 2001, the first TMS tourney he played (That's when he beat Pete and had some other REALLY good wins, considering how low he was ranked!), but he hasn't done well since. In 2002 he had a R128 bye and lost to Chela in his first match, and last year he won his R64 then lost in R32 to Grandpa Toddy.

Let's hope for a better result in 2004 :)

star
03-22-2004, 09:30 AM
JCF is better off staying out of Miami. He is so fragile, I would rather he just gather his strength for the upcoming claycourt season.

Adult chicken pox is really debilitating. Particularly for a man.

Remember all the sniggling and laughing and finger pointing at Lleyton when he got the chicken pox? There's none of that going on this time. More of the MTF pecking order.... no pun intended. :)

Fumus
03-22-2004, 01:33 PM
The name of this thread sucks...haha who comes up with these things? This silly names have to stop...well unless you start coming up with funny/witty/cool ones!

Go Andy in Miami, this one is all you...

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 01:42 PM
hey now don't insult star like that. I LOVE This title LOVE IT!

star
03-22-2004, 01:44 PM
The name of this thread sucks...haha who comes up with these things? This silly names have to stop...well unless you start coming up with funny/witty/cool ones!

Go Andy in Miami, this one is all you...

:lol:

If the names were funny/witty/cool............... it just wouldn't be .... US. ;)

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 01:48 PM
The name is funny, witty, AND COOL!

Fumus
03-22-2004, 03:46 PM
The name is funny, witty, AND COOL!

sure sure that was kinda :topic:

anyways um, I think maybe Brad and Andy have a :secret: plan to beat Rogi. That's why he didn't play him before the Austrailian, blisters :yeah: right! He was waiting for a slam or mater series event to unvail the big plan :devil:

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 03:49 PM
lmfao.... well Andy's gonna have get to the final to have a shot at revealing the grand master plan ;)

Fumus
03-22-2004, 04:10 PM
:lol: I am serious, I swear! haha, Andy I think is saving it for a grand slam thats why he took a dive to Henman! I think it will only work once, it will be something stupid like getting Roger to run cross court then hitting him a stategically placed lob to his backhand where Roger will give Andy a short ball so he can hit a winner....but Roger will pickup on that and it will never work again.. :p

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 04:15 PM
LOL But that's only one point, that won't win him the match ;)

Fumus
03-22-2004, 05:46 PM
keep doing it, win it ugly like Brad..haha I don't know but it does seem weird how he dodged him that one time and they havn't met yet..

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 06:18 PM
well, they did meet in Montreal and TMC and Wimbledon.... those are all pretty big events lol

tangerine_dream
03-22-2004, 06:34 PM
I dont' want Andy to win too ugly because then he'll end up a junkballer like Brad :tape:

Sjengster
03-22-2004, 06:37 PM
I wouldn't mind seeing that - would do wonders for his chances at RG, people could stop complaining about there being no Americans joining Agassi in the second week of the French Open.

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 06:39 PM
So you're saying you'd like to see Andy in the 2nd week at RG? :confused:

Fumus
03-22-2004, 06:40 PM
well, they did meet in Montreal and TMC and Wimbledon.... those are all pretty big events lol

I mean this year..

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 06:42 PM
oh, well no, because they're both at the top they can't meet til at least the semifinals and in many cases the finals... which means they both have to get there lol. Which so far, Roger has done but not Andy lmfao

Sjengster
03-22-2004, 06:42 PM
Well, if he was playing a Gilbert style it would certainly be interesting... he could almost become like Spadea on the dirt, in other words not close to the level of Agassi but still much better than any of his young compatriots. It will be very interesting to see how Roddick improves on clay this year, it's obviously his biggest challenge and it's the surface where you'd think Gilbert's tactical input would have the greatest effect. It's safe to say that he and Federer are in a comfortable position at RG with nothing to defend, as opposed to Ferrero having to defend the title.

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 06:50 PM
Yep, agreed on all accounts, Sjengster. I'll be quite disappointed if he does not significantly improve his clay results.

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 07:21 PM
well guys, zee draw is out.

I would say, especially compared to IW, his quarter is decent.

2nd round he will face either Beck or Hanescu, he beat both last fall I remember.

then most likely Dent or Bjorkman in 3rd round

Then any one of Costa/Schalken/Malisse/Haas/(Labadze?? LOL) and more in 4th round

then seeded for Moya in QF but could be Hrbaty or Robredo. Moya's eighth looks relatively easy though so I'd guess at this point Moya.

Fumus
03-22-2004, 07:29 PM
well guys, zee draw is out.

I would say, especially compared to IW, his quarter is decent.

2nd round he will face either Beck or Hanescu, he beat both last fall I remember.

then most likely Dent or Bjorkman in 3rd round

Then any one of Costa/Schalken/Malisse/Haas/(Labadze?? LOL) and more in 4th round

then seeded for Moya in QF but could be Hrbaty or Robredo. Moya's eighth looks relatively easy though so I'd guess at this point Moya.

should be Andy in quarters...unless he forgets how to play or sumtin..

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 07:32 PM
lol yeah, I'd say so... though it is a slower court which does not favor Andy.... but yeah, he should be ok.

Would be nice to see him beat Haas finally ;)

tangerine_dream
03-22-2004, 07:57 PM
If Andy crashes out in the first round at RG again I'll be :haha:

Fumus
03-22-2004, 08:15 PM
If Andy crashes out in the first round at RG again I'll be :haha:

You would not be laughing... :mad:

tangerine_dream
03-22-2004, 08:39 PM
:lol: Fumus

Andy's goal at RG is simple: get past the first round. That's it! If he crashes out in the second round, it will still be an improvement. ;)

MisterQ
03-22-2004, 08:52 PM
Well at Miami looks like Andy is safe from his scariest opponents for a while.

Can't meet Agassi, Nalbandian, Safin until the semis, and Federer, Hewitt, Henman until the final.

Philippoussis is in his quarter, but Mark's form has been abysmal lately.

MisterQ
03-22-2004, 08:55 PM
there also moya in his quarter ---don't know how carlos' form has been lately...

J. Corwin
03-22-2004, 09:06 PM
Andy looks good to make the quarters at least...even the semis. Possible trouble is in 3rd round if he faces off against Jonas.

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 09:11 PM
Jonas is beatable for Andy, especially considering Davis Cup coming up and the fact that Andy lost to him earlier this year. Hopefully the very determined Mr Roddick will show up in Miami.

Moya's form has been good, but he did lose to Labadze in his first match at IW. he's defending finalist here though, right? So he does well at Miami. Andy's 2-0 against him and both on outdoor hard though, so I'd like Andy's chances in a QF against him.

star
03-22-2004, 09:23 PM
I think Jonas should tank to Andy. Make him overconfident at D.C. :)

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 09:31 PM
LOL star you're so bad :devil:

tangerine_dream
03-22-2004, 09:45 PM
star's being naughty again :haha:

Havok
03-23-2004, 12:44 AM
Andy should cruise to the quarters with a fair amount of ease ;drive: if he doesnt, then I'll be worried (scared: possible showdown with Njorkman, but Jonas just lost to Arthurs at IW last week :haha: plus Andy has CLEARLY picked up his game from Qatar when he lost to Jonas, so a QF is in sight. Moya in the quarters is a fairly safe bet, but I don't know with Moya. if they do end up facing eachother, Roddick should win. He's got the better serve/return/backhand. Their forehands are fairly equal, so i would favor Andy in this match. He should so great here, and overtake Ferrero for the #2 spot. go Andy :banana:

J. Corwin
03-23-2004, 01:32 AM
I will be disappointed with anything less than a SF showing. ;)

Deboogle!.
03-23-2004, 01:37 AM
me too really lol

and frankly I have a feeling Andy will be as well with this draw.

tangerine_dream
03-23-2004, 01:40 AM
Right now, I'm not really caring how he does at this tournament....I'm more concerned about Davis Cup. I am anxious about the Swedes. :scared: And then if we beat the Swedes, who's next? The Argentines? Yikes. http://forum.e46fanatics.com/images/smilies/icon9.gif

Deboogle!.
03-23-2004, 01:44 AM
well for Andy's season, I think a good showing in Miami is far more important than Davis Cup, especially considering the opportunity to do well that this draw gives him. I actually think the worst match for him could be Haas if he continues to improve his form. He's always given Andy a boatload of trouble.

I care about Davis Cup and want Team USA to do well, but this tournament is more important for Andy IMO, especially since he'll get back to #2 if he makes the QF.

tangerine_dream
03-23-2004, 01:58 AM
Oh yes, I would love to see Andy play Tommy! Tommy has the best of him so far (circa 2002, all on clay) so it will be interesting to see if Tommy still has the upper-hand on Andy.

And then when Andy beats him, it will be one more monkey slapped right off his back. http://forum.e46fanatics.com/images/smilies/biggrinking.gif

Deboogle!.
03-23-2004, 02:01 AM
Yep, 2 on clay in back-to-back tourneys, the second one ending Andy's best run on clay ever (SF at 2002 Rome :()

2002 Rome TMS, Clay, S
Italy Clay S Haas 1 6 5 7
2002 Monte Carlo TMS, Clay, R16
Monaco Clay R16 Haas 3 6 2 6
2001 Memphis, Hard, R32
TN, U.S.A. Hard R32 Haas 7 6 0 6 4 6

One of the very few times Andy's been bageled, I do believe. But Andy's only a slightly different player than he was 3 years ago lol

Havok
03-23-2004, 02:30 AM
that was the ONLY time Andy's been bageled. pretty impressive huh. and being bageled by Haas is nothing to me ashamed about

Deboogle!.
03-23-2004, 03:28 AM
the only time???? oh wow!!!!!!!!!!!

Though Toddy came pretty close in Memphis. Heh.

MisterQ
03-23-2004, 03:33 AM
Tommy Haas, der BAGELMEISTER!!!

Yeah I wanna see those two play again.

tangerine_dream
03-23-2004, 04:14 AM
Tommy Haas, the Bagelmeister Meister Bagel!!

Andy's only eaten a bagel once huh? Wow. :worship:

Deboogle!.
03-23-2004, 04:17 AM
And, that was way back in 2001 - Andy might not have even gotten direct entry into the tourney, he might've been a WC! Man, that really is impressive. Even Andre the Great got bagelled last year ;)

J. Corwin
03-23-2004, 10:16 AM
Most impressive stat for Andy.

I agree this tournament is much more important to Andy's solo career than Davis Cup is. Hey it's greed, but still.

Fumus
03-23-2004, 02:46 PM
I don't know why but, I hate Haas. I hate the way he plays, I hate way he looks, I hate the way he walks around. I don't know, I just hate em' some people you hate, I have hated Haas for awhile but, the he was in the stupid commerical which was played over and over and over so, now I really hate him...even though I play with Dunlop 200g(his racquet), that I don't hate..

Deboogle!.
03-23-2004, 02:47 PM
lol Fumus, I can't tell, how do you feel about Haas????

Fumus
03-23-2004, 02:52 PM
lol Fumus, I can't tell, how do you feel about Haas????

He's ok, I don't mind him ;)

lol

MisterQ
03-23-2004, 03:42 PM
I don't know why but, I hate Haas. I hate the way he plays, I hate way he looks, I hate the way he walks around. I don't know, I just hate em' some people you hate, I have hated Haas for awhile but, the he was in the stupid commerical which was played over and over and over so, now I really hate him...even though I play with Dunlop 200g(his racquet), that I don't hate..

Maybe you're not in touch with your inner Haas.

MisterQ
03-23-2004, 03:42 PM
btw, know how you say "Hate" in German?

Hass. :scared:


Du hasst Haas.

Fumus
03-23-2004, 03:47 PM
Ich liebe dich, Q!

Fumus
03-23-2004, 03:47 PM
:lol:

MisterQ
03-23-2004, 03:49 PM
Danke Fumus. ;)

tangerine_dream
03-23-2004, 04:13 PM
I don't know why but, I hate Haas. I hate the way he plays, I hate way he looks, I hate the way he walks around. I don't know, I just hate em' some people you hate, I have hated Haas for awhile but, the he was in the stupid commerical which was played over and over and over so, now I really hate him...even though I play with Dunlop 200g(his racquet), that I don't hate..

Fence-sitter.

Fumus
03-23-2004, 04:13 PM
Es ist kein Problem Q, ich nahm Deutschen in der High School

Fumus
03-23-2004, 04:15 PM
Ich denke, daß es Andy Roddick und Roger Federer in der Endrunde ist. Andy besiegt Roger in den geraden sets! Gehen Andy!

tangerine_dream
03-23-2004, 04:48 PM
Well at Miami looks like Andy is safe from his scariest opponents for a while. Can't meet Agassi, Nalbandian, Safin until the semis, and Federer, Hewitt, Henman until the final.


*** salivates for a Hewitt/Roddick match *** :drool:

Deboogle!.
03-23-2004, 05:39 PM
Hewitt/Roddick final, now that would be nice. But too bad it ain't gonna happen lol

Fumus
03-23-2004, 06:28 PM
it could...Hewitt could beat Fed....beat him like a meat tendorizer...

tangerine_dream
03-23-2004, 06:28 PM
Roddick brings quick wit, serve to bay area
By KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writer
March 23, 2004

After a win over Nicolas Escude at last week's Pacific Life Open, American Andy Roddick could not pass up the chance to offer a zinger during the postmatch news conference.

When asked if he had lost his footing in the second set, Roddick quipped, "I just decided to fall down. ... I decided to take a breather."

The reply was vintage Roddick.

Tennis' newest star rarely holds back, on or off the court. And, no, celebrity life does not appear to have changed Roddick, despite the fact he won the U.S. Open, climbed to No.1 in the rankings for the first time, had a very public relationship with actor/singer Mandy Moore and became the new face of American tennis - all in the past seven months.

Roddick still argues calls and praises opponents, signs autographs, goofs on his coach, jokes with media and makes a face when asked a ridiculous question. His skills might set him apart from the crowd, but his personality makes him seem like the 21-year-old next door.

"Playing tennis has allowed me to have an incredible life and I'm definitely not complaining," Roddick said via e-mail Monday.

The Roddick show hits Tampa tonight for the Mercedes-Benz Classic, a charity event at the St. Pete Times Forum that also features Jim Courier, James Blake, Jennifer Capriati, Sesil Karatancheva and Monica Seles.

Roddick is no stranger to the area, having trained at Saddlebrook in his formative years.

"I have always been a pretty big Bucs fan, even back when they had those bad unis," Roddick said. "I was pretty stoked to see them win the Super Bowl (in 2003). I don't get to go to as many games as I would like, but I still follow them on television when I can."

Roddick's powerful yet accurate serve, the focal point of his game, is as quick as his wit. With an explosive burst, he produces lightning-quick blasts that even the best professionals have trouble returning. One recent serve went a record 150 mph.

"If you offered me the pick of his serve and all the other players I've ever seen, I would take his," said ESPN analyst and former tennis great Cliff Drysdale last year, a few weeks before Roddick won the Open for his first major title. "I would take his over Pete Sampras'. I think it's probably the best serve ever."

The complement to Roddick's mighty serve is an imposing forehand, more-than-serviceable backhand and the energy of an 11-year-old who has downed a case of Mountain Dew and eaten a candy bar. Roddick, ranked No.3, is 20-5 this year with one tournament title.

"I like the way I'm competing," Roddick said. "I feel like I have a chance to win many of the matches that I come into, and maybe winning the Open helped me to know I can win the close ones."

Despite a busy schedule (he played in California last week and has another tournament in Miami beginning Wednesday), Roddick made time for tonight's event, largely because of Courier, who is most responsible for making the exhibition happen.

"Courier asked me to (play), and he's always been good to me," Roddick said. "Besides that, it's for a really good cause and any time I can give back to the community I try. Growing up, Courier was one of my tennis idols. The guy has so much heart, and he knows how much work it takes to get to the top and stay there. He's also a guy that you can hang out with and talk about music and other things besides tennis. It's been really cool to get to know him personally over the last few years."

Blake, Roddick's opponent tonight, is another friend. They have played seven times as pros and Roddick holds a 7-0 edge. Roddick said several of the younger American players, Blake included, hang out together on the road, making travel "more bearable."

Then, in typical Roddick fashion, he ribbed his pal. "I can't open a GQ without seeing his smiling face. James is one of the coolest guys on tour, when he's not posing for pictures."

Fumus
03-23-2004, 06:32 PM
nice article

MisterQ
03-23-2004, 06:34 PM
Es ist kein Problem Q, ich nahm Deutschen in der High School

Star spricht auch Deutsch! Wir können es miteinander sprechen, um die anderen zu verwirren. ;)

Fumus
03-23-2004, 06:40 PM
Wir können die anderen ohne deutsches Haha verwirren! Was dachten Sie an meine Prognose für das Nasdaq?

Fumus
03-23-2004, 06:43 PM
Roddick, das Federer besiegt?

Deboogle!.
03-23-2004, 07:12 PM
ack NO MORE GERMAN! :confused:

Fumus
03-23-2004, 07:18 PM
yea yea, my bad, Q made me do it

Deboogle!.
03-23-2004, 08:15 PM
lol I'll forgive you both ;)

So the USTA site and their infinitely wise draw analyses say Andy has a clear path to the SF at the Nasduck... lmgdfao

Fumus
03-23-2004, 08:18 PM
lol I'll forgive you both ;)

So the USTA site and their infinitely wise draw analyses say Andy has a clear path to the SF at the Nasduck... lmgdfao

clear like tinted windows....

yea you could say that about making it to the quarters....not semis..just looking at the draw anyways...

Deboogle!.
03-23-2004, 08:21 PM
nah Andy's worst obstacles are before the QF IMO - Dent, Haas, and Bjorkman being the worst three. Assuming Moya gets to the QF, he worries me less than the three aforementioned.

Havok
03-23-2004, 08:37 PM
Dent's serve has gone awol, and he's not playing good. hes not a problem. HAas could have been a problem had he not been injured and still playing all this time, but he doesn't cause as much of a threat as he used to imo, Jonas lost to arthurs last week, enough said.

Andy should get to the QF. if he doesn't then :scared:

J. Corwin
03-23-2004, 09:02 PM
I'm not too worried about Moya...if that match even happens.

And Deb, there's not much to say. Andy DOES have a decently clear path to the semis, lol.

J. Corwin
03-23-2004, 09:02 PM
*tosses in German* Ich mag dich.

Deboogle!.
03-23-2004, 09:22 PM
And Deb, there's not much to say. Andy DOES have a decently clear path to the semis, lol.

Well my point was that that was what the brilliant guy at USTA.com said about IW as well lmfao

Deboogle!.
03-23-2004, 09:37 PM
after Andy's match against Marta last week, he said this about the 2001 match against Pete:
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Q. Can you look back to your 2001 match with Pete Sampras at Miami, what that match meant to you and your career?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, that was huge for me, especially at the time. I was doing really well in the challenger circuits, but I had yet to really have a big result on the main stage. So that was kind of my breakthrough on the main tour. Then I won a couple more matches after that. You know, that was huge for me at that time.

Q. Was it bigger because it was at home? Would have been the same?

ANDY RODDICK: A lot of factors. It was my first time on ESPN. Obviously, it was the first time I had played Pete, which was cool in itself. I did -- the year before I was a senior in high school, so I had a bunch of my friends there watching. So, you know, there were a lot -- my parents were there. They don't go to many tournaments. They were there watching, as well. There were a lot of things that made it special for me.

Fumus
03-24-2004, 03:14 AM
yea, that's sweet, I did'nt really like Pete so that's even better!

J. Corwin
03-24-2004, 07:33 AM
Pete's ego must have taken a good bruisin'

tangerine_dream
03-24-2004, 01:09 PM
Aww, Poor Petey! I'm not a fan but that sad look on his face when he lost the 2001 US Open against Lleyton Hewitt made me feel for him (for once) :lol:

Deboogle!.
03-24-2004, 01:27 PM
IS this appropriate for this thread? I guess so lol

Andy was at that charity thing in Tampa last night, he played doubles with Sesil Karatancheva and they lost to Capriati and Blake 4-6 lmfao

Deboogle!.
03-24-2004, 01:35 PM
Here's an article..... OK Andy better stop going and losing to Blake :rolleyes: lol
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Fun reigns in charity event
Stars such as Andy Roddick and James Blake show off talent and penchant for humor at Mercedes-Benz Classic.
By KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writer
Published March 24, 2004

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TAMPA - On one side of the table, Andy Roddick quickly shoveled in his pregame meal. On the other, James Blake did the same.

Ninety minutes before their singles match Tuesday night in the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Classic, a charity exhibition at the St. Pete Times Forum, the American tennis stars spoke and joked about the other. They shared stories, and a few laughs.

When asked if he had watched Roddick win last year's U.S. Open, Blake responded, "I was actually there still doing a little meet and greet, you know, trying to schmooze some people up," before his dinner mate interrupted.

"What was her name?" Roddick said.

Hey, they might be rivals, but they're also friends.

"I'm going to try to beat him so I don't have to deal with him any more on tour," said Blake, a Tampa Palms resident who trains at Saddlebrook.

Later, he did.

Blake broke Roddick's powerful serve late in the pro-set match and clinched it with a forehand winner for an 8-5 win before an announced crowd of 8,437.

Earlier, Saddlebrook's Jennifer Capriati defeated Sesil Karatancheva, a promising 14-year-old Bulgarian who trains at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, 8-4. The foursome capped the event with a mixed doubles match won by Blake and Capriati 6-4. Jim Courier and Sarasota's Monica Seles served as nonplaying captains.

"It felt good playing in front of my hometown for the first time," Blake said.

The classic raised more than $400,000 for Raymond James Courier's Kids Foundation, which benefits the St. Pete Tennis Center and other local charities. The players were not paid for their appearance. Earlier in the day, Courier, Roddick and Karatancheva attended a clinic at the St. Pete Tennis Center.

"They made an extra-special effort to get here," said Courier, who grew up in Dade City but now splits time between Orlando and New York.

"We had a great clinic this afternoon with the kids at the tennis center. That gave (the players) an idea of what we're here for."

Karatancheva, a late sub for an injured Chanda Rubin, might have been the most excited of the bunch. Exhibitions are old hat for the others, but playing on a stage so bright with three of the sport's top players was a bit imposing. Once the tennis started, though, she seemed right at home.

"It is exciting," she said. "I'm really happy right now."

Capriati also seemed to enjoy the moment.

"People really love tennis here," she told the crowd. "We need a tournament."

Roddick might have lost to Blake, but the main attraction did not disappoint.

The world's third-ranked player routinely blasted jaw-dropping aces, and not surprisingly, most of the night's lighter moments - and there were many - came when he was on the court.

After a Roddick miss against Blake, Roddick screamed, "God, I'm terrible." Seles, acting as Roddick's coach, quickly replied, "That was terrible." As Roddick walked toward her, Seles asked, "Am I fired?"

During the mixed-doubles match, Blake smashed a volley off Roddick's leg. Roddick twice lifted his shorts to see the mark, tossed his racket to the ground, hopped over the net and pretended to go after Blake. As this was happening, the theme from Rocky played on the loudspeaker.

"All of these players, they get it," Courier said.

Deboogle!.
03-24-2004, 01:40 PM
Aww, Poor Petey! I'm not a fan but that sad look on his face when he lost the 2001 US Open against Lleyton Hewitt made me feel for him (for once) :lol:

haha well this will make you feel even worse ;) From a Miami Herald article about the 20th anniversary of the tourney....
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15. Eighteen-year-old Andy Roddick stuns Pete Sampras in the third round 7-6, 6-3, and an ESPN audience takes note of his powerful serve. One of his 140-mph aces hits Sampras in the groin area and leaves him doubled over in pain. Asked how it feels to be a hero after the match, Roddick replied: ``I'm not a hero. I'm a tennis player. I'm not the president or anything. Pete and Andre are still my heroes.''
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Maybe it's just a really poorly-written paragraph but it reads like he was asked about being a hero because he hit Pete where it hurts LMFAO!!!!!!!!

tangerine_dream
03-24-2004, 03:47 PM
He's a "hero" for smacking the Sampras Man in the groin??? The media, O.....M......G..... :eek:

Deboogle!.
03-24-2004, 03:52 PM
no no no LMFAO! I think he was a hero for beating Pete, but the way that little blurb was worded, that's how it sounds LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

star
03-24-2004, 04:51 PM
It was an heroic, although failing, effort to keep the hairy one from reproducing.

:bigclap: Andy

tangerine_dream
03-24-2004, 05:14 PM
It was an heroic, although failing, effort to keep the hairy one from reproducing.

For shame, star :devil:

I still have to get that match on tape. IW 2000, was it?

Deboogle!.
03-24-2004, 05:40 PM
Nope tangy Miami Ericsson Open 2001 - never been able to find it on tape :bigcry:

tangerine_dream
03-24-2004, 08:41 PM
You know I'm gonna find a way to get my greedy little hands on a copy of that tape. :devil:

And also, can someone tell me when Andy is scheduled to play? Danke!

Deboogle!.
03-24-2004, 09:04 PM
Tangy, andy won't play most likely til Saturday. They're doing top half today 1st round, bottom half tomorrow then I imagine top half 2nd round on Friday and then bottom half (Andy's half) 2nd round on Saturday...

tangerine_dream
03-24-2004, 09:10 PM
Thanks bunk, you fountain of info you :kiss:

Deboogle!.
03-24-2004, 09:15 PM
I'm a font of useful information, what can I say? :p

J. Corwin
03-24-2004, 10:04 PM
font? lmao

Andy will beat James when and where it counts ;) (and secretly I have my fingers crossed and hope so)

Deboogle!.
03-24-2004, 10:08 PM
lol yep my friend taught me that phrase a few years ago lol... she's a walking dictionary ;)

and yea I'm not worried at all about Andy beating James when it counts lol, Andy is totally in his head, he's said a few times that Andy is his least favorite person to play.... are you thinking of a specific event where you want Andy to beat him or just speaking generally? lol

J. Corwin
03-24-2004, 10:11 PM
lol I was just checking cuz Tangy mentioned fountain. I thought...Deb, couldn't have come up with SUCH a bad typo, eh? lmao

Nah, I'm not too worried about it either. And I meant in general lol.

Deboogle!.
03-24-2004, 10:14 PM
lol nope not a typo ;)

star
03-25-2004, 02:36 AM
Robin won! Robin won!

:yippee:

Deboogle!.
03-25-2004, 02:37 AM
Yeah! YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!

Can he beat Lleyton though? I like them both, eep

star
03-25-2004, 03:01 AM
Probably he can't. But, if Chela actually beat Lleyton rather than Lleyton tanking, I suppose Robin has a chance. :)

But I like them both too for different reasons.

Havok
03-25-2004, 03:47 AM
Chela beat Lleyton himself. Lleyton didn't tank. mind you i wasn't fixated on that match :yawn: but chela was playing very clean tennis, and came up with some pretty awesome winners. who knows if Robin can win it against Lleyton, but he's gotta like his chances even more, since Lleyton is vulnerable

star
03-25-2004, 04:24 AM
I didn't see the match. I just heard from someone who was there that Lleyton stunk up the joint.

star
03-25-2004, 04:26 AM
What is going on with the EnqVist/Nico match? My scoreboard has been stuck on 3-1 in the second and I don't find a result on it.

J. Corwin
03-25-2004, 07:39 AM
Lleyton's game is strongly predicated on him not making many errors. If he does, he's more than likely not going to win. The "old" Lleyton of 2001-2002 barely made unforced errors. He used to be very, very consistent.

tangerine_dream
03-25-2004, 01:07 PM
Chela played great but Lleyton was DOA. From what I saw, he wasn't the "old" Lleyton at all; wasn't running after hardly any balls that were easily within reaching distance; he let a lot of easy balls pass him. Very unlike him. I think the heat just really got to him (and possibly the fact that Kim had withdrawn from that tourney due to injury).

FYI, "fountain of information" was not a typo. Fountain of youth....fountain of info....font of information is cool too. ;)

star
03-25-2004, 01:17 PM
Font always reminds me of baptism. I guess that's the first meaning of the word. The baptismal font.... The basin that holds the baptismal waters. :)

Deboogle!.
03-25-2004, 01:52 PM
Star I Was wondering the same thing about Envqist's match.... I can't find a result anywhere this morning!

edit, here I found this

That, plus all the other long matches and the rain, forced the last match scheduled for the stadium, Nicolas Lapentti vs. Thomas Enqvist, to be moved to the grandstand. And even that didn't allow them to finish. Play was suspended with Lapentti up a set but down a break in the second, Enqvist serving, 7-5 1-3 0-15.

star
03-25-2004, 02:18 PM
Thanks for the update, Deb!! :kiss:

I began to think that it must be rain.

Deboogle!.
03-25-2004, 02:29 PM
You're welcome :) It's just weird it wasn't mentioned anywhere else and no one had up the partial score! geez!

Deboogle!.
03-25-2004, 03:06 PM
Actually they were wrong, it was NOT rain! even better! A blackout!!

Blackout ends Enqvist-Lapentti match

By Harvey Fialkov
Staff Writer
Posted March 25 2004

KEY BISCAYNE · The 20-year-old tournament has survived Hurricane Andrew. Add a blackout to the list of challenges for the Nasdaq-100 Open.

At approximately 11:15 p.m., the Crandon Park Tennis Center lost power, including the lights on Court 1, where Thomas Enqvist and Nicolas Lapentti were in midpoint of the last match of the evening.

Lapentti led 7-5, 1-3 before the blackout hit. At 11:27, tournament referee Alan Mills decided to suspend play. The match was rescheduled to the third match on Court 1 today.

"Our first concern was security, guests and players, and to get the fans out safely," said tournament director Adam Barrett.

Backup generators in the facility and gasoline-powered light towers in the parking lots enabled fans to exit safely. Barrett was unable to predict if the power would be restored in time for today's matches at 10 a.m.

"I hope the situation is fixed very quickly," Barrett said.

Fumus
03-25-2004, 03:47 PM
All have to say about that blackout is "Welcome to Miami"... ;b

tangerine_dream
03-25-2004, 04:23 PM
That's cool that Goran won the first match out. :D

Fumus
03-25-2004, 04:51 PM
So it's either Karol Beck or Victor Hanescu.

Andy is 2-0 against Beck with these wins in

2003 SVK v. USA WG PO, Clay, RR
Bratislava, Slovak Clay RR Roddick 6 1 6 4 7 6
2002 USA v SVK WG Rd 1, Hard, RR
Oklahoma City, OK Hard RR Roddick 6 4 7 6

Roddick is 1-0 against Hanescu
with a win in
2003 Paris TMS, Carpet, R32
France Carpet R32 Roddick 7 6 7 6

No trouble for Andy?

Havok
03-25-2004, 05:03 PM
well Hanescu has a pretty big serve i think, so he was really able to take it to Andy on carpet, which suits big serves. Miami is slower, so he shoulnd;t cause too much of a threas. as for Beck :yawn: Andy wins no problem. but its interesting they met twice and during Davis Cup matches

Fumus
03-25-2004, 05:28 PM
ehh...straight set wins for Andy, who could play his B or C game in still win confortably...

Havok
03-25-2004, 06:41 PM
well it's Beck, so easy win for Andy on saturday

Deboogle!.
03-25-2004, 07:15 PM
yea..... I prefer Beck to Hanescu, for sure. Anyone Andy can beat on clay should be ok for outdoor hardcourts in nice sticky humid hometown South Florida ;)

Fumus
03-25-2004, 07:51 PM
Beck's got a devils haircut in his mind...devils haircut in his mind!!

J. Corwin
03-25-2004, 09:18 PM
good win for Andy shall be in order. He'll make it to TV coverage. ;)

Deboogle!.
03-25-2004, 09:34 PM
I hope the weather improves by the time Andy has to play. He typically doesn't really deal well with difficult, windy type conditions :scared:

tangerine_dream
03-25-2004, 09:36 PM
Question:

Why is the Nasdaq-100 referred to as "the fifth slam"?

Deboogle!.
03-25-2004, 09:40 PM
the prize money for the winner is the 5th biggest. The winner gets like $533,000+

and lmfao it's really the Nasdaq-100, star made the 150 (I assume in reference to Andy's serve speed ;))

Havok
03-25-2004, 10:13 PM
hoh shit, i didn't even make the link between 150 and his serve. just completely went over my head:retard:

Deboogle!.
03-25-2004, 10:16 PM
lmfao!! Well, I'm just guessing... Mommystar will have to tell for sure :)

J. Corwin
03-25-2004, 10:29 PM
ahhh..thanks Deb about the "150" thing. Like Naldo, I didn't even make the connection, lol.

Also, Nasdaq-100 has been referred to as the "5th slam" because it used to be the only tournament that had a 96 player draw and have the men and women's events combined. It actually also used to be a 128 player event on both sides as well...until they downsized it a bit.

Deboogle!.
03-25-2004, 10:32 PM
LOL Watch, I'm gonna be wrong about it ;) :o

Havok
03-25-2004, 11:04 PM
oh im sure you nailed it Deb :scared:

star
03-25-2004, 11:56 PM
Question:

Why is the Nasdaq-150 referred to as "the fifth slam"?

Correction: Nasduck-150

:angel:

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03-25-2004, 11:57 PM
star=:devil:

star
03-25-2004, 11:57 PM
Yeah.... I sort of explained that all at the time. :)

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03-25-2004, 11:58 PM
oh you did? I didn't see that lol I just thought I was oh so smart ;)

star
03-26-2004, 12:02 AM
Maybe it should be the Nasduck - 150

:)

See.... at first I had it as the 100.... but that sounded a little slow.

star
03-26-2004, 12:02 AM
omgggggggggg you have seriously outdone yourself!!!!


And then you posted this in reply.

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03-26-2004, 12:05 AM
lol I know.... b/c I knew what you meant right away :)

Andy must've held his pre-tourney press conference today. More Roger love words ;)
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Roddick Says Federer Has Few Weaknesses

STEVEN WINE

Associated Press


KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Andy Roddick says he watches Roger Federer's matches, looking for weaknesses to exploit, usually in vain.

Federer enjoys an edge in their budding rivalry with five victories in six meetings. He overtook Roddick atop the rankings by winning the Australian Open last month, and he's seeded No. 1 in the Nasdaq-100 Open.

"He has definitely established himself as the best player in the world right now," Roddick said Thursday. "He's playing great ball."

Roddick is seeded No. 2 and assigned to the half of the draw opposite Federer, meaning they could only meet in the final April 4.

Roddick's history at Key Biscayne dates to 1993, when he attended a USTA training camp at age 10. As a teenage fan he watched matches from the stadium bleachers.

"I've worked my way down," he said with a smile.

Roddick won his first professional match at Key Biscayne in 2000, and a year later he upset Pete Sampras.

"There are a lot of firsts for me at this place," he said.

Federer has made the quarterfinals three years in a row and lost the 2002 final to Andre Agassi, while Roddick has yet to reach the semifinals in four tries.

So a Federer-Roddick final is far from certain.

"Rivalries have always created the biggest excitement in tennis," Roddick said. "You need familiar names playing on a weekly basis in big matches.

"I hope to be there. I definitely have to hold up my side. It looks like Roger is doing a good job of holding up his side."

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03-26-2004, 12:10 AM
and another... a little bit more interesting stuff in this one ;)
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Roddick backs NFL-style TV replay for tennis calls

KEY BISCAYNE, United States (AFP) - Former world number one Andy Roddick supports the idea of consulting television replays to potentially over-rule line calls, an idea swiped from the American football rulebook.

The 21-year-old American, seeded second here at the WTA and ATP Masters Series tournament, praised the notion of allowing players a limited number of chances to consult replays and potentially toss out a disputed call.

"I think it would be great for tennis and the spectacle of tennis if you were allowed to challenge two calls a match," Roddick said here Thursday. "I think that would create kind of a cool variable."

National Football League clubs can ask referees to consult television replay footage to determine a disputed call. But if the decision on the field is upheld, the team seeking the change loses one of its three timeouts in a half.

"If they can prove it's 100 percent accurate and that the technology works and that it's not just good for TV, I think it would be great," Roddick said.

"Why not? It would add a little fire to it for sure."

One concern in American football is the stoppage in play to consult the replay. Breaking the momentum of tennis matches would be a likely disruption of such a system.

"Slow down the match? You would check it, they would check the shot spot and you're on your way again," Roddick said. "I don't think it would be more than a 25- or 30-second delay."

But there is one television replay that Roddick has no desire to consult - the videotape of his 6-3, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 victory over Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero in last year's US Open final for his first Grand Slam title.

"I watched it once. I won't see it again," Roddick said.

"It was amazing for me to watch it. I waited a couple of weeks and then I watched it. It was pretty intense.

"But I want to move on to the next stage of my career, and I don't really want to dwell on it too much. I'm sure once I have forgotten about it a little bit more it will be great to go back to.

"My focus is on the road ahead, not the road that has already been taken."

Roddick's path to a title at this 6.5 million-dollar event starts with a second-round match against Slovakia's Karol Beck, finds Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman or American Taylor Dent next and could include Andre Agassi in the semi-finals.

Havok
03-26-2004, 12:18 AM
i dont think shotspot has to prove that they're 100% correct all the time. are the linesmans' eyes correct 24/7 :retard: hell no. shot spot is much more accurate than the blind eye and imo they should use it, as he said, once or twice in a match. we live in a highly technological world out here today, why not use it instead of only relying on the linsemans words/eyes :bs:

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03-26-2004, 12:45 AM
Andy and the Bryans getting their Awards *so proud* :D

tangerine_dream
03-26-2004, 01:38 AM
Nice pics, thanks bunk :kiss: Andy actually looks like the third twin (or triplet) in this photo. :lol:

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03-26-2004, 01:40 AM
hehe yep not a bad-looking trio, eh???

hmmmmmm new avatar :scratches chin:

I added the rest of the pics to RO, there are a bunch from Getty and whatnot :)

star
03-26-2004, 12:17 PM
Do you really think the Bryan Brothers are handsome? They just look like mid-west frat boys to me. I'm sure they are great guys and all, but .........

Havok
03-26-2004, 12:39 PM
are they identical twins???? because in those pictures they don't look identical :scared:

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03-26-2004, 01:09 PM
Yes they are identical twins.... star I don't think they're handsome I think they're adorable :)

Andy's press conference yesterday. lovely as always lmfao
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NASDAQ-100 OPEN
MIAMI, FLORIDA
March 25, 2004

THE MODERATOR: Andy making his fifth consecutive appearance here at the NASDAQ-100 Open. He brings a 20-5 match record on the season into his opening-round match against Karol Beck. Questions?

Q. Was Tampa fun?

ANDY RODDICK: Oh, yeah. I was in and out. Yeah, it was all right. I mean, Jim was awarded a check for, what, 315 grand. That made it worthwhile for sure.

Q. How difficult was that to interrupt your preparation for the tournament?

ANDY RODDICK: It's all right. It's just one day. Luckily, I have a Saturday start here, so, you know, it wasn't that crucial. I think it was more, you know, maybe crucial for someone like James who actually had to play -- has to play, what, today. He's playing right now. For me, it wasn't that big of a deal, I don't think.

Q. (Inaudible)?

ANDY RODDICK: Little bit. It was a little bit of a monsoon. We got to hit the little ball around, so that's pretty much all we could ask for today.

Q. With Federer playing the way he is right now, do you feel he's unbeatable? What do you think about the way he's been playing?

ANDY RODDICK: No one's ever unbeatable. I can quasi-relate to the way he's playing because last summer I played pretty well. But he's definitely established himself as the best player in the world right now. There's not a whole lot of doubt about that. He's just lifted his game to another level. He's playing great ball right now.

Q. When you're a player, your concern is your game.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. And how your game can get better. Can you step back for a second and try to look at the game through the eyes of the fan and the possibility of seeing Andy Roddick and Roger Federer battling each other over the next seven, eight years and how good that would be for tennis for you to create a rivalry?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, yeah. I mean, it's no secret that, you know, rivalries have always created the biggest excitement in tennis, especially you need familiar names playing on a weekly basis in big matches. That's obviously the best thing for tennis. But, you know, I hope to be there. I definitely have to hold up my side. It looks like he's doing a good job of holding up his side of that.

Q. How special is this place? You made a splash here for the first time.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, it's definitely a special place for me. I was here when they kind of inaugurated the place, I think it was back in '93. I've had a lot of memories here from my matches at this tournament. I won my first-ever pro match here. There are a lot of firsts for me at this place.

Q. You remember '93?

ANDY RODDICK: I do. We used to take the buses.

Q. Remember the weather in '93?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't (laughing).

Q. There was almost no play for the first five days.

ANDY RODDICK: Oh, I wasn't talking about the tournament. I think they had a USTA training camp. They brought a lot of kids down - am I right - they brought a bunch of kids down to hit on the courts for the first time and kind of show the facility. That's what I was talking about. They wouldn't give me a wildcard in '93, so...

Q. Where did you sit the first match you saw here? Upper deck someplace?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I was in, you know -- they have the regular stadium and then they have the bleachers put there for this tournament. I was in those bleachers. I've worked my way down (smiling).

Q. What do you think of the instant replay technology that's being used on TV? Do you think it should be used to change calls?

ANDY RODDICK: Uhm... I don't know. I mean, I think there are going to be mistakes on that. I think it would be great for tennis and for the spectacle of tennis if you were allowed to challenge two calls a match, similar to football. I think that would create kind of a cool variable. If they can prove it's 100 percent accurate and that the technology works and that it's completely legit and it's not just good for TV, then I think it would be great. Why not? It would add a little fire to it, for sure.

Q. Would it slow down the match?

ANDY RODDICK: Slow down the match? You'd check it, they'd check the Shot Spot, and you're on your way again. I don't think it would be more than a what, 25 -, 30-second delay.

Q. That's what they said about the NFL.

ANDY RODDICK: Well, there's a lot more people involved in an NFL game than there is in a tennis match, that's for sure.

Q. Can you ever envision yourself sort of like Andre going on 18 years coming here, coming to the same tournament year after year for so long?

ANDY RODDICK: No (laughing). No, man. 34, I'm going to be eating Cheetos and watching football.

Q. Does that say a lot about him?

ANDY RODDICK: Oh, absolutely. I mean, I have insane amounts of respect for him. It's amazing that he comes out here - not only that he comes out here and plays, he's gifted enough, he's a good enough player to come out here and compete. But the way he competes. I mean, he treats every match like it's Armageddon. He just comes out here and puts it all on the line every time. I mean, that's impressive to be able to get up for every match after such a long time. I mean, he's seen it all, he's done it all, he still loves it and he still competes every time. I think that's the coolest thing about it.

Q. Can you still learn something from watching him?

ANDY RODDICK: If I couldn't learn something from him, then I'd be a lot better than I am right now. That's for sure.

Q. Brad Gilbert helped Agassi become No. 1. Last year of course you became No. 1. In your dreams, did you think Brad Gilbert would make you ascend that quickly?

ANDY RODDICK: No. I wasn't expecting anything like that. I mean, I don't think anybody was. For me, it was a transitional period. Actually, I thought I might go down before I went up, to be honest. I wasn't real confident after the French last year. But that's the thing about sports. I mean, it just takes something to click. I mean, a lot of it is between the ears. When you get to this level, everybody can play; everybody can hit forehands and backhands. Everybody's played against the top players. So it becomes a lot more of a mental game than an actual physical one.

Q. How do you feel your game is since the Open?

ANDY RODDICK: I mean, the Open was my all-time pinnacle. I don't think I'm playing at that high of a level right now. But, you know, this year's been weird. I feel like I've been making progress, playing well, but losing a couple tight matches - down in Australia, a couple here and there. For me, it's just a matter of getting through those tough ones. I'm optimistic. I still feel good about where I'm at. I'm excited about the rest of the year.

Q. Has your relationship with Roger extended anywhere past just saying, "Good match," at the end of the match shaking hands at the net? Have you had a chance to sit down and BS or chat in the lounge or something?

ANDY RODDICK: A little earlier on. I mean, not really. We kind of both do our own thing. We have a great mutual respect. I like the way that he treats people. You know, I've noticed from afar. He doesn't act high-and-mighty at all. I definitely respect him. We've never gotten a chance to go out to dinner or anything like that. I think it's more of a respect right now.

Q. Is that something that really could never happen because you both want to keep a certain amount of distance between yourselves?

ANDY RODDICK: I have no qualms about that. I think he just has his groove, and I have my groove. I respect him as a person. Like I said, I have no ill will towards him. I just, you know -- we've just never really gotten that chance. I mean, if he came to me and said, "We should get together and go to dinner sometime," I'd say, "For sure." I'd have no problem. Yeah, I would have no problem with that at all.

Q. Agassi says Roger is a cut above everyone else right now. Do you share that?

ANDY RODDICK: Right now he is, yeah. But, you know, everybody's going to keep working harder. He's definitely the best player in the world right now. He's established himself as that. So the rest of us need to get our butts in gear and try to make the gap a little smaller.

Q. There are a lot of very good candidates for quarterfinal Davis Cup tie between Sweden and the US. Did anybody ask you where you'd like to play?

ANDY RODDICK: I always knew the candidates, but at the end of the day it's not really -- I'm not picking where our Davis Cup sites are. Obviously, the way it worked out, I'm thrilled. We could have gone to Australia next week as opposed to going 10 minutes away from where I grew up. So I wasn't completely disappointed about that.

Q. Andre talked about the closeness you all share on the Davis Cup team and about how they didn't have that in part because they were so competitive.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. Do you think as you all become more competitive you won't be able to be as close?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't think so. I mean, you can never say "never." Who knows the circumstances. But I don't see it happening with us. You know, our ties go a lot deeper than just getting together for the Davis Cup weeks. A lot of us have history that goes back, you know, 10 years now, which is saying a lot because we're pretty young. I don't see it happening.

Q. For a player that's won a French Open and finals of the US Open, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Americans haven't really warmed up to him much. Do you have any idea why that is?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't. I'm not sure. He's obviously -- he's obviously a very deserving candidate for respect and for acknowledgment. I'm not too sure, you know. I don't know.

Q. Style of play? Demeanor on the court?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't think so, because every time you say "style of play," "demeanor on the court," you can find someone who they have embraced who has probably close to the same qualities. So I'm not sure, I don't know.

Q. After six matches with Roger, do you play each other the same way as you did before and it's just a matter of who executes better that day?

ANDY RODDICK: He probably does because he wins a lot more than I do (laughing).

Q. Is it a matter of who executes better that day or do you find yourself tweaking little things?

ANDY RODDICK: No, I mean, definitely. You know, I'm definitely always looking, watching his matches, trying to find out different ways where if I do get to play him next time what I might do or could do differently. I'm sure he's doing the same thing. As both of us improve and maybe cover weaknesses or cover gaps and change our games, there's always that kind of adjustment that has to be made.

Q. Do you find anything there?

ANDY RODDICK: No, he's being really annoying by covering up all his holes right now (smiling). No, I'm just joking. It's getting tougher and tougher for sure.

Q. Do you ever watch the US Open final?

ANDY RODDICK: I watched it once. I won't see it again.

Q. You don't want to see it again?

ANDY RODDICK: No. You know, it's -- it was amazing for me to watch it. I waited a couple weeks then I watched it. It was pretty intense. But, you know, I kind of want to move on to the next stage of my career, and I don't really want to dwell on it too much. I'm sure, you know, once kind of I've forgotten about it a little bit more, it will be great to go back to. My focus is on the road ahead, not the road that's already been taken.

Q. Were you startled - we all were - by how many critical points you won with the second serve and volley?

ANDY RODDICK: That's kind of what I felt I had to do. He had been hitting the ball so well from the baseline. He had beaten Hewitt and Agassi both just playing great baseline tennis. I'm probably not as good from the baseline as either one of the guys he had already beaten. I knew I had to at least put a different thought into his mind, at least give him a little bit of uncertainty as to what I was going to try and do.

Q. Prior Davis Cup years, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, for example, would practice together, stay in the same hotel together. Then you go to Pete, Andre, that group, they had a great respect for each other but it wasn't really close. Andre talked about that this group is very tight. How important is the team concept in making a difference in Davis Cup ties?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. You know, obviously, I think it's great because, you know, not only do we feel the responsibility to play for our country and we love doing that; we love to play for each other as well, you know. But at the end of the day, you want to win the Davis Cup. If it worked well and they got through it and won, then that's fantastic. But I think it will be a lot more special for us if we ever do get there, knowing we did it kind of with our buddies. That will be a fun time if we ever get there.

Q. If you're sitting on the sideline watching Mardy play, is it a different emotion than when you were a kid sitting in the stands rooting for whoever, who was your favorite player at the time?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, absolutely. It's weird to think -- I mean , we've talked about it before. It's weird thinking that, you know, we'd come from high school, we used to do all types of stupid stuff together, bum around. Now, you know, at Slovakia we sat down and talked, we're like, "We're playing 1 and 2 for the Davis Cup team right now." It was an extremely surreal conversation. On top of it being a teammate and wanting to win Davis Cup, you add all the history that we've kind of had together, and it makes me that much more nervous. I get a lot more nervous watching his matches than I ever would actually playing one of my own.

Q. Do you feel he took you off the hook in Bratislava?

ANDY RODDICK: Absolutely. He didn't get enough credit for that. Who knows where we would be playing right now if he didn't bail me out. I didn't play so hot my first match out there, and he kind of came in against a guy who he'd lost to at the Open, you know. Clay is probably not Mardy's favorite surface. He was down a set. He just stepped up. I mean, it's as simple as that. He pretty much saved the tie for us. We still might have gotten through it, but it would have been a lot hairier for us those second couple of days. That's for sure.

Q. How about a few words about Karol Beck?

ANDY RODDICK: Karol Beck, yeah, absolutely. I played him in Slovakia, and I played him actually at the Sunshine Cup back in 2000. Seems like we've been meeting up in team competitions. He's a solid player, you know. He comes up with great shots, but then sometimes he goes away for a couple shots. I think he dropshotted me about 46 times in that match, you know (laughing).

Q. Sunshine Cup?

ANDY RODDICK: No, when we were in Bratislava. So I'm not sure. Hanescu has been playing some really good tennis the last three or four weeks and he took him, what was it, 1 and 3. So I'm expecting good things. He's going to come out, he's going to have nothing to lose. He's definitely a dangerous floater.

Q. When you prepare for Davis Cup, are you able to bring Brad Gilbert along to help the whole team out, or is that against the rules?

ANDY RODDICK: No, no, no. We're allowed to now. Kind of when Patrick first came on, one of his big things was, you know, team unity. Maybe to promote that, he didn't let the coaches come for the first year so we'd all kind of have to rely on each other, all be in-house; we couldn't just go off and do separate dinners with our coaches and whatnot. But now I don't think that's a big issue for us, unity. So we're allowed to now.

Q. Do you know about Kuznetsov?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, he actually came to Florida. We trained together for about four days.

Q. What do you think?

ANDY RODDICK: Solid, he's a strong kid. He's kind of out of the Jim Courier mold a little bit. He's a strong kid, good racquethead speed. I was pretty impressed with him.

Q. After you won the US Open and also Montreal you and Brad were close and he had to go skydiving with you. Do you do a lot of recreational activities together?

ANDY RODDICK: "Recreational activities," yeah. Good, family fun - jump out of a plane (smiling). I mean, we hang out together all the time. Are you asking as far as...?

Q. I'm curious. Next week is a holiday, Easter for you and Passover for him. Will you get together for Sadre?

ANDY RODDICK: Not yet, we're saving our Sadre plans until after the tournament.

Q. Have you gone one-on-one in hoops with Doug Spreen yet?

ANDY RODDICK: Doug is like 5'8, 130. Although he can shoot the line, I definitely wouldn't win a free throw contest or a three-point shooting contest. But I'd like to think I could get physical.

Q. Could you post him up?

ANDY RODDICK: I'd feel very confident, though. If we're shooting, I - not so much at all. He's like Jimmy Chipowick in "Hoosiers." I would have posted him up, too.

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03-26-2004, 01:10 PM
Not your typical rivalry

Charles Bricker
Sun-Sentinel
Published March 26, 2004

KEY BISCAYNE · This felt so good.

Sitting there in front of the newly buzz-cut Andy Roddick, listening to him talk with such great respect, admiration and personal feeling toward his chief rival, Roger Federer.

"If he came to me and said, `We should get together and go to dinner sometime,' I'd say, `For sure.' I'd have no problem. Yeah, no problem with that at all," Roddick said Thursday, two days before he opens his quest for the Nasdaq-100 title.

None of that insane jealousy Jimmy Connors felt toward John McEnroe. None of that distance Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras felt was mandatory during the 1990s, when they were competing against each other for No. 1 in the world.

This is the new generation of young players, and it's so very refreshing.

I'm not entirely sure how Roddick manages to balance his competitive nature with his innate desire to link himself with the other greats in his sport, but he has done so, and tennis is all the better for it.

If we're lucky, we'll have these two brilliantly talented young men (Andy is 21, Roger 22) facing each other in a long string of semifinals and finals over the next seven or eight years, or however long they can stay at the top.

Maybe it's a great storyline if rivals don't like each other. It was great fun watching Connors grind his teeth at the mere mention of Johnny Mac's name.

But, frankly, there's more satisfaction in seeing two young men who are at the top of tennis go at each other with unrelenting energy on court, then praising each other or tipping a couple of brews when it's over.

That's the potential of the Federer-Roddick rivalry that is still in its early stages.

They've played six times so far, with Federer winning five, including the semifinal at Wimbledon last year. But it's not as one-sided as that. Federer has his weapons, many of them. But so does Roddick, and on a day when his 130-140 mph serve is crackling and his forehand whaling, he will come out on top.

In 1984, McEnroe whipped Connors all six times they played, ensuring a lifetime of enmity between the two of them, even during the Davis Cup final in which they were upset in Sweden that year.

Yet, despite Federer's edge in their matchups thus far, there isn't the slightest bit of rancor between himself and Roddick.

"Roger has his groove, and I have my groove. I respect him as a person and have no ill will toward him. We kind of both do our thing and have mutual respect. I like the way he treats people. I've noticed that from afar. He doesn't act high-and-mighty at all," Roddick said.

I doubt if Federer feels any differently about Roddick, who is so much more outgoing than Sampras was as the U.S. No. 1. Roddick knows what he's got on court and he has no problem acknowledging Federer's talents, and that's a great starting point for mutual respect.

"He's definitely the best player in the world. He's established himself as that. So the rest of us need to get our butts in gear and try to make the gap a little smaller," Roddick said.

After six matches, there's little the two young men don't know about each other's game, though each is still evolving in some way. Federer once was suspect on high backhands. No more. Roddick's backhand once was just a rally shot. Now, it can be an effective passing shot.

"I'm definitely always looking, watching his matches, trying to find out different ways where, if I do get to play him next time, what I might do or could do differently. I'm sure he's doing the same thing," Roddick said.

"As both of us improve and maybe cover our weaknesses or cover gaps and change our games, there's always that kind of adjustment that has to be made."

And?

Roddick smiled. "He's being really annoying by covering up all his holes right now. I'm just joking," he added, but acknowledged, "It's getting tougher and tougher, for sure."

Like most players, Roddick's primary focus is on his game. But if, for just a moment, he could step back and put himself in a fan's skin, could he appreciate the possibility of seeing Roddick vs. Federer in big matches, in big tournaments over the rest of this decade and perhaps into the next?

"Well, yeah. I mean, it's no secret that rivalries have always created the biggest excitement in tennis, especially when you have familiar names playing on a weekly basis. That's obviously the best thing for tennis.

"But, you know, I hope to be there. I definitely have to hold up my side and it looks like he's doing a good job of holding up his side of that."

Federer is seeded No. 1 here and Roddick No. 2. It means they could only meet in a final. Bring on match No. 7.

Fumus
03-26-2004, 01:57 PM
Not your typical rivalry

Charles Bricker
Sun-Sentinel
Published March 26, 2004

KEY BISCAYNE · This felt so good.

Sitting there in front of the newly buzz-cut Andy Roddick, listening to him talk with such great respect, admiration and personal feeling toward his chief rival, Roger Federer.

"If he came to me and said, `We should get together and go to dinner sometime,' I'd say, `For sure.' I'd have no problem. Yeah, no problem with that at all," Roddick said Thursday, two days before he opens his quest for the Nasdaq-100 title.

None of that insane jealousy Jimmy Connors felt toward John McEnroe. None of that distance Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras felt was mandatory during the 1990s, when they were competing against each other for No. 1 in the world.

This is the new generation of young players, and it's so very refreshing.

I'm not entirely sure how Roddick manages to balance his competitive nature with his innate desire to link himself with the other greats in his sport, but he has done so, and tennis is all the better for it.

If we're lucky, we'll have these two brilliantly talented young men (Andy is 21, Roger 22) facing each other in a long string of semifinals and finals over the next seven or eight years, or however long they can stay at the top.

Maybe it's a great storyline if rivals don't like each other. It was great fun watching Connors grind his teeth at the mere mention of Johnny Mac's name.

But, frankly, there's more satisfaction in seeing two young men who are at the top of tennis go at each other with unrelenting energy on court, then praising each other or tipping a couple of brews when it's over.

That's the potential of the Federer-Roddick rivalry that is still in its early stages.

They've played six times so far, with Federer winning five, including the semifinal at Wimbledon last year. But it's not as one-sided as that. Federer has his weapons, many of them. But so does Roddick, and on a day when his 130-140 mph serve is crackling and his forehand whaling, he will come out on top.

In 1984, McEnroe whipped Connors all six times they played, ensuring a lifetime of enmity between the two of them, even during the Davis Cup final in which they were upset in Sweden that year.

Yet, despite Federer's edge in their matchups thus far, there isn't the slightest bit of rancor between himself and Roddick.

"Roger has his groove, and I have my groove. I respect him as a person and have no ill will toward him. We kind of both do our thing and have mutual respect. I like the way he treats people. I've noticed that from afar. He doesn't act high-and-mighty at all," Roddick said.

I doubt if Federer feels any differently about Roddick, who is so much more outgoing than Sampras was as the U.S. No. 1. Roddick knows what he's got on court and he has no problem acknowledging Federer's talents, and that's a great starting point for mutual respect.

"He's definitely the best player in the world. He's established himself as that. So the rest of us need to get our butts in gear and try to make the gap a little smaller," Roddick said.

After six matches, there's little the two young men don't know about each other's game, though each is still evolving in some way. Federer once was suspect on high backhands. No more. Roddick's backhand once was just a rally shot. Now, it can be an effective passing shot.

"I'm definitely always looking, watching his matches, trying to find out different ways where, if I do get to play him next time, what I might do or could do differently. I'm sure he's doing the same thing," Roddick said.

"As both of us improve and maybe cover our weaknesses or cover gaps and change our games, there's always that kind of adjustment that has to be made."

And?

Roddick smiled. "He's being really annoying by covering up all his holes right now. I'm just joking," he added, but acknowledged, "It's getting tougher and tougher, for sure."

Like most players, Roddick's primary focus is on his game. But if, for just a moment, he could step back and put himself in a fan's skin, could he appreciate the possibility of seeing Roddick vs. Federer in big matches, in big tournaments over the rest of this decade and perhaps into the next?

"Well, yeah. I mean, it's no secret that rivalries have always created the biggest excitement in tennis, especially when you have familiar names playing on a weekly basis. That's obviously the best thing for tennis.

"But, you know, I hope to be there. I definitely have to hold up my side and it looks like he's doing a good job of holding up his side of that."

Federer is seeded No. 1 here and Roddick No. 2. It means they could only meet in a final. Bring on match No. 7.

Nice article, right now I think Agassi has a better chance of beating Fed, Agassi just plays him better I think...

Deboogle!.
03-26-2004, 02:10 PM
Nice article, right now I think Agassi has a better chance of beating Fed, Agassi just plays him better I think...

Yea I pretty much agree. Though, I would be quite interested to see how Andy's improved aggressive game would hold up. Don't know if he'd be able to pull out a win but I wonder if it'd be closer.

Fumus
03-26-2004, 02:56 PM
Yea, I still think Andre is a better player. More consistant in most every aspect. I guess when Andy is real hot he can do things that Andre can't but day in and day out, Andre in my eye still has a better chance of winning against anybody.

I don't he would have lost to Henman but, he has a different game so who knows...

Deboogle!.
03-27-2004, 04:05 AM
Well Andy is third tomorrow on Stadium Court - after Marat and Venus's matches. Hopefully there aren't any delays and those matches don't run too long b/c I have plans from about 5:30pm (my time) on, all evening and I'll go crazy :scared: lol

Havok
03-27-2004, 04:45 AM
well I'm gonna be busy painting my sister's house tomorrow morning/afternoon :scared: hopefully by the time im back, the match would just be under way :drive:

Dirk
03-27-2004, 05:25 AM
great article. I like the fact that these two could have a classic rivarly and not hate each other or ignore each other like Connors and Mac and Pete and Andre. Its refreshing. Fumus, Andre would have crushed Tim for sure. I don't know the head to head but Andre would have done what Roger did, pinned him to the baseline and work him over with his groundstrokes. Tim has more of an edge on Andre indoors and maybe on grass but the final was really that semi. Andre doesn't have Andy's serve but that is where it ends as far as Andy matching Andre. Andre does everything else great except for the volleys which really aren't that bad all the time. I've seen Andre hit some great volleys when he has to and he can hit them from half court like Roger so....

Andre and Roger are the most gifted guys on the tour right now. Andre was one of the most gifted when he started and still is. Man that is amazing.

Andy is still developing his more aggressive game but I wonder how it will hold up if he makes some errors or gets passed. Might that make him put that plan away or hesitate too much the next time. You have to have the confidence to do it match in and match out or it could turn into a mental meltdown for him. If he keeps improving it then it doesn't matter how many mistakes he makes at the net or how many times he gets passed he will still go for it.

Deboogle!.
03-27-2004, 05:43 AM
If he keeps improving it then it doesn't matter how many mistakes he makes at the net or how many times he gets passed he will still go for it.

Well he is still improving and he has been going for it even after making some errors and getting passed, so yay.

Dirk
03-27-2004, 05:51 AM
That's good but I was talking about in an actual match itself. I recall him not going to the net too much after either getting passed by tim or making some errors, but my memory could be foggy. I have too many Roger memories in there so I need to clean it out. :) To me that was the best match of the event, The Andre and Roger one was good but didn't get great till the 3rd set. The Andy Tim was great all the way through. I just hated Brad's stupid ass gestures. He is so in love with himself. :rolleyes:

Oh and for the record I don't buy this BS that Andy has had a bad or slumping year so far. Qrts at OZ, Qrts and close loss in Wells and a win in San Jose is pretty damn good to me. Believe me if Roger had the same record I would defend it. Ditto for Andre. Press needs to cool it.

J. Corwin
03-27-2004, 08:23 AM
Yea I agree...although the press/media expects too much from Andy. Andy's record this year is by far inferior to Roger's lol.

And Dirk, do you like Andy a bit? It seems you do.

Dirk
03-27-2004, 08:32 AM
Roger record is amazing right now and I hope he can keep winning till we reach the clay season. Andy's record is not a bad one. Its pretty darn good I think and he lost in tough matches to very good players. I just don't like how the press is acting like Andy and Andre are in a slump. It just isn't true. Both guys have been consistent. No I don't like Andy, but I like Andy more than Brad because he doesn't act like Mr. big shot and Mr. Know it all.

J. Corwin
03-27-2004, 09:55 AM
Cool stuff...that's what I thought lol.

WyveN
03-27-2004, 12:25 PM
I think Andy is in a slump. Of course no one expected him to carry on last years US circuit form forever but I have seen virtually every match of his since the AO and he is definetly not playing as well as he was in Australia.
I thought he played well against Safin but it is hard to judge as Marat was well below his AO level.

WyveN
03-27-2004, 12:36 PM
great article. I like the fact that these two could have a classic rivarly and not hate each other or ignore each other like Connors and Mac and Pete and Andre. Its refreshing.

Don't forget that Roddick & Federer don't have a rivalry right now, certainly not one to rival the ones you mentioned above.

For a real rivalry they need to contest finals, or at least grand slam matches far more consistently.

When/If that happens on a consistent basis then we will see if they are still complimenting each other at every opportunity.

star
03-27-2004, 01:00 PM
well I'm gonna be busy painting my sister's house tomorrow morning/afternoon :scared: hopefully by the time im back, the match would just be under way :drive:

Naldo! :hug: What a man. :)

Deboogle!.
03-27-2004, 01:02 PM
That's good but I was talking about in an actual match itself. I recall him not going to the net too much after either getting passed by tim or making some errors, but my memory could be foggy.

I don't think it was the match against Tim but either against Marat or Escude, he did make a couple errors and get passed early on but he stuck with the game plan and it worked and he kept coming in. Obviously it was a huge thing for him to come into a TMS tourney and try to really step up this aspect of his game - he can't perfect it for a while, but I'm really proud of him for trying so hard, even if it doesn't always help him win.

Wyver, I sort of agree with you. Andy seems to be kind of on the cusp of playing really well, but as he's said himself, he's losing the tight ones right now instead of winning them like he did last summer. In all three of the really tight matches he's lost, he had huge chances in all of them (whether it was being up a set and a break or a match point or whatever) and that's disappointing. In fact, I think, aside from the match against Todd in Memphis and Gambill in Scottsdale - which were 3-set victories, the only times Andy's lost sets has been when he lost. I don't know if that actually says anything or not?

Anyway, back to the Nasduck-150 here's to hoping that the weather is ok today for all these matches!! :drink:

star
03-27-2004, 01:08 PM
I have a great memory, and I remember Andy going to the net after getting neatly passed by both Escude and Marat. Escude in particular had some nifty passing shots.

Henman picked Andy though and he didn't look too good during that match. That was in large part due to Henman.

Agassi and Federer was a great match throughout. Agassi was picking Federer's backhand for the first set and Federer was making a lot of errors with it. It was quite interesting how Andre played. But he wasn't as successful at keeping the ball to the backhand after that first set. It was a tense tight match for those of us sitting there broiling, and not having commercial breaks and shot spots and Pmac's endless, mind numbing, meaningless, repetitious phrases.

It was certainly the best match on stadium court that I saw.

Deboogle!.
03-27-2004, 01:12 PM
I have a great memory, and I remember Andy going to the net after getting neatly passed by both Escude and Marat. Escude in particular had some nifty passing shots.


OK it was probably Escude I was thinking of then. Thanks :kiss:

star
03-27-2004, 01:12 PM
Wyver, I sort of agree with you. Andy seems to be kind of on the cusp of playing really well, but as he's said himself, he's losing the tight ones right now instead of winning them like he did last summer.

At the risk of repeating mind numbing meaningless phrases, :) Andy needs to work on movement and imo needs to be leaner in order to be faster. With his body build, he can't afford any extra weight. He's kind of a pigeon for drop shots if he continues to play so far behind the baseline because he's not quick enough to get to the net.

I did enjoy watching Federer's ability to explode into movement.

Deboogle!.
03-27-2004, 01:19 PM
yeah that's why Beck worries me for today... remember how many dropshots he hit on him in Davis Cup last fall? It was sort of obscene lol

But wait, are you saying you think Andy's movement is even worse than it was last year? *confused*

star
03-27-2004, 01:45 PM
I don't have any tape in my head that would allow me to make that comparison. He's never moved well.

My opinion by observing him this year (because last year, I didn't see him as much... I think only one match) is that he needs to be leaner.

Deboogle!.
03-27-2004, 01:53 PM
ok gotcha.. I didn't think that's what you were saying (that his movement is noticeably worse this year than last since he bulked up) but I wanted to make sure :) I can't really compare either since I don't normally pay attention to that lol. I mean he gets to almost every dropshot and stuff like that but yeah... he could certainly move better.

tangerine_dream
03-27-2004, 02:39 PM
Andy and Roger don't have a rivalry.

Naldo, have fun painting your sister's house :wavey:

Billabong
03-27-2004, 02:40 PM
Happy birthday Tangy:D!!!

Deboogle!.
03-27-2004, 03:14 PM
oh hehehehe you saw her profile too ;) :devil:

tangerine_dream
03-27-2004, 03:39 PM
Aww, thanks for the b-day wishes Billabong! :hug:

Billabong
03-27-2004, 03:41 PM
oh hehehehe you saw her profile too ;) :devil:

lol yeah;)!

MisterQ
03-27-2004, 04:51 PM
Billabong rocks :rocker2:

star
03-27-2004, 04:58 PM
ok gotcha.. I didn't think that's what you were saying (that his movement is noticeably worse this year than last since he bulked up) but I wanted to make sure :) I can't really compare either since I don't normally pay attention to that lol. I mean he gets to almost every dropshot and stuff like that but yeah... he could certainly move better.

I don't think he is that good about getting to dropshots and able to do something good with them, that is.

star
03-27-2004, 05:39 PM
Happy B-day!!!! :bdaycake:

star
03-27-2004, 05:59 PM
Spadea beat Marat???? You are freaking kidding me? And after that press conference he gave yesterday?

:haha:

star
03-27-2004, 06:01 PM
Mello Srichapan is an hysterical score. 1-6, 6-1

Deboogle!.
03-27-2004, 06:03 PM
Spadea beat Marat???? You are freaking kidding me? And after that press conference he gave yesterday?

:haha:

We would never kid ;)

Now hopefully Venus will make quick work so we get Andy :D Everyone will get on AIM right!!?

and yea what is wrong with Paradorn? COME ON dude!

tangerine_dream
03-27-2004, 06:23 PM
Spadea beat Marat???? You are freaking kidding me? And after that press conference he gave yesterday?:haha:

Are you shitten me? Cousin Vinny beat Maratski??? WTF is going ON at Nasdaq this year? :scared: I don't like Vinny but after Marat's whiny press conferences, this is just too funny! :rolls: Can't wait to hear Marta call this latest loss a "lucky" "fluke" win over him. :haha: ;)

Happy B-day!!!!

Thanks star! :kiss:

star
03-27-2004, 06:25 PM
Are you shitten me? Cousin Vinny beat Maratski??? WTF is going ON at Nasdaq this year? :scared: I don't like Vinny but after Marat's whiny press conferences, this is just too funny! :rolls: Can't wait to hear Marta call this latest loss a "lucky" "fluke" win over him. :haha: ;)



I know!!! I mean I don't really dislike Marat or anything but after the press conference yesterday this is just :haha:

Deboogle!.
03-27-2004, 07:46 PM
Andy's match will be starting any minute.... AIM everyone!!!

J. Corwin
03-27-2004, 09:19 PM
Andy won 6-2 6-4

J. Corwin
03-27-2004, 09:20 PM
Next up...Jonas

mmm...nice match up

Deboogle!.
03-27-2004, 09:36 PM
nice only if Andy wins ;)

BelgianWaffle
03-27-2004, 09:52 PM
Spadea beat Marat???? You are freaking kidding me? And after that press conference he gave yesterday?

:haha:

*cough* I'm seriously considering switching faves :p
For practice I'll start by cheering on Andy this week ;)

star
03-27-2004, 09:54 PM
You are switching from Xavier to Andy?

:angel:

BelgianWaffle
03-27-2004, 10:01 PM
:p @star

To make things extra clear I have altered my signature ;)

Deboogle!.
03-27-2004, 10:02 PM
LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm a little confused... but, I think it's still amusing???? haha

star
03-27-2004, 10:32 PM
:p @star

To make things extra clear I have altered my signature ;)

Darn... I have sigs switched off. Now I'll have to go and change everything.

star
03-27-2004, 10:41 PM
I have seen the future and she is Miki Ando. 16 years old, from Japan........ light and flowing on the ice and a jumper unparalleled. She attempted a quad in qualifying, but ditched it for the short in favor of a triple lutz, triple toe. Kwan can't even do any kind of triple triple...... now the up and coming girls are doing them at a blink of an eye.

tangerine_dream
03-28-2004, 12:06 AM
Marat in detention this week and will be replaced by Andy :p

:haha: Too funny! I've seen a few Marat fans pull the blanket over their guy today. star, check out Vass' av if you can. ;)

MisterQ
03-28-2004, 12:10 AM
Yeah, Vass's av is pretty good. :lol:

tangerine_dream
03-28-2004, 12:32 AM
Great action shot! :yeah: I think I just found the next Roddick Monthly cover image. ;)

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20040328/capt.sge.cbp22.280304003938.photo02.default-265x384.jpg
Andy Roddick of the US plays a backhand against Karol Beck of Slovakia during the second round at the Crandon Park Tennis Centre on Key Biscayne in Miami, Florida.(AFP/Getty Images/Clive Brunskill)

star
03-28-2004, 02:28 AM
:haha: Too funny! I've seen a few Marat fans pull the blanket over their guy today. star, check out Vass' av if you can. ;)

I turned on the sigs for Waffle, and now I have to turn on the Avs for Vass?

Irina had Vasculitis....... I didn't even know what it was.

"Doctor say,'Irina, you have a really big heart' Of course, (proudly) I am a sports man." lol... funny story. But really something was very wrong. And her mother needs a kidney transplant..... could this girl have it worse?

star
03-28-2004, 02:32 AM
Funny!!

Deboogle!.
03-28-2004, 03:52 AM
tangy I've got that pic you posted in nice HQ if you want it :)

J. Corwin
03-28-2004, 08:36 AM
Yes star...I saw that. poor Irina. And all those bruises and blood showing up on her skin? I think it was from all the stress and pressure and her fragile body.

LOL @ BelgianWaffle's siggy amendment

Deboogle!.
03-28-2004, 01:41 PM
They didn't post Andy's press conference from yesterday for some reason :mad: